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Author Kreyling, Michael, 1948-

Title The novels of Ross Macdonald / Michael Kreyling.

Imprint Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2005.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  813.52 M145Dk 2005    ---  Available
Description x, 185 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [175]-182) and index.
Contents Constants -- An unhappy childhood is practically indispensable -- Literary fathers and Archer's debut : The moving target (1949) -- The rock and the hard place : Chandler and Hammett -- Freud and Archer : the detective as analyst -- I wish they all could be California girls : Archer in the 1960s -- Love and ruin : The underground man, Sleeping beauty, The blue hammer -- The genre after Macdonald.
Summary In his examination of Macdonald's eighteen detective novels, Kreyling suggests that this author elevated a popular genre from the plateau reached by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler to a level of sophistication yet to be surpassed. Kreyling takes a fresh look at forgotten works as well as Macdonald's better known novels, and proposes that the literary merit of the Macdonald corpus calls for a closer, more discriminating reading than scholars commonly accord the genre. He considers the "mutual bond" of structure and life that informs Macdonald's work, the Freudian theories he has adopted to advance his genre, and the place his novels occupy in the larger literary canon. He shows how Macdonald forces protagonist Archer to mature and change by incorporating themes drawn from the novelist's own family life, the social and moral upheavals of the 1960s, America's and California's obsession with race, environmental sins, and the difficulties of aging.--From publisher description.
Subject Macdonald, Ross, 1915-1983 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism.
Noir fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Private investigators in literature.
Archer, Lew (Fictitious character)
California -- In literature.
ISBN 1570035776 (alk. paper)
9781570035777 (alk. paper)
Standard No. YDXCP 2189040
NZ1 8991611
AU@ 000026414113

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